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RV Halloween weekends draw big crowds

| Updated Oct 6, 2013

The active RV season in the north is on limited time as the cold weather approaches but before many of the RVs are put to bed or in storage, many RV parks around the country are hosting special Halloween get-togethers and site decorating contests.

And the parks are filling up.

At the Addison Oaks County park near our Michigan home, where we walk our dog several times a week, the Halloween weekend turns into quite a spectacle, with contests, trick-or-treating and prizes for the best decorated RV. They call it the Boo bash and once it ends, the park shuts down for the season.

The Lake Rudolph RV Resort in Santa Claus, IN hires professional storytellers to tell ghost stories around a bonfire

RV Halloween weekends are being held all over this year as the concept has spread across the county.

I know of no park, though, that is into the spirit of it all like the Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., which is planning seven – count them seven – consecutive Halloween-themed activities this fall. “It’s the most popular thing we do,” said Dave Lovell, the resort's director of marketing. The park hires professional story tellers for Friday night bonfires. There are haunted hayrides, costume contests, scary movies and dance until you drop sound and light show.

As an indicator of how popular it is, reservations start rolling in a year in advance. The last event this year is Oct. 25-26. The 2014 Halloween weekend schedule is already up on their website.

The Lake Rudolph folks are not alone. Most Jellystone Parks around the country now offer Halloween themed activities, while more than a third of KOA’s nearly 500 campgrounds offer Halloween themed activities and so do many privately owned campgrounds.

If groups and lots of fun and activities are your thing and especially if you have young kids or grandkids, you might one to try one of these Halloween gatherings.



Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-10-06

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

10 Responses to “RV Halloween weekends draw big crowds”

July 08, 2014at1:16 pm, Lee Snyder said:

Check out Pioneer Trail Park in Escanaba MI on Sat Sept 20 2014 for Halloween spectacular for registered camper families!

April 11, 2014at12:27 pm, Bob Bye said:

Nice fire

February 04, 2014at8:53 am, Steve Merrigan said:

After thousands of years, humans are still awe-struck by fire.

February 04, 2014at7:57 am, Mark Kremer said:

Looks like a Hoot!! 🙂

February 04, 2014at7:38 am, Roger W Spencer said:

I prefer the small friendly indian style campfires, not the huge wasteful white man bonfires kemosabe. 😉

October 06, 2013at12:30 pm, Stanley and Marge Shoals said:

Thank you very much for including this. Not all of us are into wilderness and boondocking. Sometimes group events and lots of activities like described in this article are fun. Many of us do enjoy our RVs because we can share our fun with other like minded people.

October 06, 2013at10:56 am, Marie and Paul said:

Yes! Great idea. We will look to see if we can find a place like that. Hate to put the motorhome away for the next few months but here in Minnesota, that’s the only alternative we have. We’re looking for a Halloween camping party!

October 06, 2013at10:54 am, Doug said:

This is a ball. We go to a park near our home in Kansas that mostly retirees use and we all have a costume party the weekend before Halloween. It’s our end of the season party!

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